The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to decide whether employees covered under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law (PWL) and alleging adverse employment action for reporting discriminatory conduct by an employer may also bring suit under the Pennsylvania Human Relations...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently declared that the seven-year statute of repose applicable to medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. Healthcare providers and their insurers and reinsurers should be mindful that some claims that were barred by...
Dental Practice to Pay $10,000 for Impermissible Disclosures of Patients’ Protected Health Information on Social Media
Responding to a patient’s review on Yelp triggered an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigation of a small Texas dental practice recently which ultimately resulted in an agreement by the practice to pay $10,000 and implement a two-year OCR-monitored corrective...
Federal Agency Files Notice of Violation Against Medical Center that Forced Nurse to Assist in Abortion Procedure
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently found the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) to be in violation of federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure which infringed upon the nurse’s religious beliefs....
A recent decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms that employees can bring sexual harassment claims based on the conduct of non-employees, including patients. This decision reminds healthcare practices that patients can be the source of sexual...
Industry experts comment on trends in medical malpractice litigation and settlements with an emphasis on why it's important to try more cases in court. The Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel (Ret.) discusses the immense importance of jury trials in our legal...
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